Conservatives name shortlist of candidates
THREE top Tories have been shortlisted for the nomination to become the party candidate to fight in the mayoral election in November.
They are former Lord Mayors Peter Abraham and Geoff Gollop, along with former city councillor Barbara Lewis.
One of them will be chosen as the party's candidate at a meeting of Bristol Conservative members on August 7.
Mr Abraham, 70, who has been Lord Mayor three times and was first elected as a councillor in 1966, is currently leader of the Tory group in Bristol. He was a founder member of the former Avon County Council and was re-elected to the city council in 1981 to serve Stoke Bishop ward.
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Mr Gollop, who was Lord Mayor last year and currently deputy Lord Mayor, is a councillor for Westbury-on-Trym.
Mrs Lewis, a retired anaesthetist, is a former chair of one of the council's planning committees who represented Brislington East until she lost her seat at the local elections in 2010.
Bristol Conservatives Chairman Lesley Alexander said: "We have had a very strong field of candidates to choose from and are delighted to have shortlisted three people of such high calibre.
"Our candidate will have a clear vision for Bristol, with leadership skills and with a dynamism to bring exciting changes to the city and to attract new investment and jobs."
â Labour's candidate Marvin Rees has begun a series of policy round-table sessions to discuss the city's major issues with a range of experts.
The first of the meetings focused on the city's transport system and how it could be improved.
Afterwards, Mr Rees said: "This is not some abstract exercise to connect points on a map. It's about ensuring all Bristolians are able to be part of the city and have fair access to opportunity."